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Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D.

Research Director, American Sports Medicine Institute
(Updated February 2006)
Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D., has more than 80 publications and 200 presentations, in topics ranging from the biomechanics of baseball, tennis, softball, football, running & cutting, and rehabilitation exercises to clinical outcomes of orthopaedic surgery. His work has also reached the general public directly, through dozens of newspapers, magazines, books, television shows, radio shows, and websites – everything from ESPN television to Wired magazine.

Dr. Fleisig is best known for his research about baseball pitching. With skyrocketing salaries, more and more Major League Baseball organizations are turning to Dr. Fleisig and the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala., for biomechanical evaluations to reduce pitching injuries. While Dr. Fleisig enjoys helping professional athletes, he is particularly proud of his work in establishing scientifically, based guidelines for the prevention of injuries in youth baseball.

Dr. Fleisig received engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Washington University, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. In 1987, Dr. Fleisig moved to Birmingham to found the American Sports Medicine Institute with Dr. Jim Andrews and his partner Dr. Larry Lemak. Dr. Fleisig holds the Smith & Nephew Chair of Research at ASMI. He is adjunct faculty at UAB, the University of Alabama, and Troy State University. He also is a pitching safety consultant for Little League International and a safety committee member for USA Baseball.